Sean Manaea Spins Seven Scoreless
Left-hander Sean Manaea had a debut to remember with his new organization on Friday. Manaea threw seven scoreless innings in the Midland RockHounds' 4-0 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks. Manaea struck-out nine, walked none and allowed three hits against a line-up that included top Houston Astros' prospects A.J. Reed, Colin Moran, Teoscar Hernandez and Jiovanni Mier.
Manaea was the centerpiece in the deal that sent Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals. He needed just 87 pitches to go seven innings and 62 went for strikes. Limited by a groin injury early in the season, Manaea established season highs in innings pitched, pitches thrown and strike-outs in the game. It was just the third Double-A start of Manaea's career.
The RockHounds had 12 hits and four runs in support of their new left-hander. Jaycob Brugman led the way with two hits and two RBI. One of the hits was his eighth triple of the season. Ryon Healy, who went 5-for-5 on Wednesday, had two hits in the game to raise his season average to .283. He is batting .342 over his last 10 games. Chad Oberacker had two hits and a walk, while Renato Nunez also had two hits.
Tucker Healy finished the game with two scoreless innings. He hasn't allowed a run since May 25 and his ERA is down to 1.57 for the season.
Daniel Mengden Brilliant in Stockton Loss
In his second start for the Stockton Ports, Daniel Mengden was nearly flawless. Unfortunately, his one mistake cost him the game thanks to an off-night from the Ports' offense. Mengden, who allowed one run in five innings in his Stockton debut, didn't allow a run until there were two-outs in the seventh inning in his start against the San Jose Giants. He allowed a solo homerun to Brian Ragira that broke a 0-0 tie. That would be the only run scored in the game.
Mengden finished the seventh inning and completed his second start with a line of one run allowed on two hits and one walk. He struck-out five. Mengden threw 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes and he recorded 12 outs on the ground.
Four San Jose Giants' pitchers combined on the six-hit shutout of the Ports. Branden Cogswell was the only Ports' batter to collect two hits. A's outfielder Coco Crisp went 0-for-4 in his fourth rehab game for Stockton.
Nashville Bullpen Strong, but Sounds Fall
The Nashville Sounds' bullpen combined to throw four scoreless innings, but it wasn't enough for the Sounds to mount a comeback, as they fell to the Iowa Cubs, 5-2. Nate Long allowed five runs in five innings. He struck-out seven, but walked three and allowed seven hits in the loss.
The Sounds had eight walks and five hits but could only manage two runs. Niuman Romero and Ryan Roberts each doubled. Newly signed infielder Brent Morel walked twice in his second game with Nashville.
In his first rehab outing for Nashville, switch-pitcher Pat Venditte allowed two hits and hit a batter in one inning, but didn't allow a run. He struck-out one. Ryan Dull tossed two scoreless innings, striking out two. He has seven strike-outs over his first four Triple-A innings. Aaron Kurcz struck-out the side in his one inning of scoreless work.
Fillmyer Solid, but Snappers Fall
Heath Fillmyer had one of his better starts of the season, but it wasn't enough, as the Snappers lost to the Peoria Chiefs, 4-2. Fillmyer didn't walk a batter and he allowed three runs in five innings. He struck out three, but did give up two homeruns. Lee Sosa allowed a run in two innings, while Koby Gauna threw two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.08.
Joe Bennie had three hits out of the lead-off spot and Jose Brizuela added two hits, but the rest of the line-up combined for only two hits.
Vermont Loses Lead Late
Holding a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning, the Vermont Lake Monsters allowed two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to drop a 6-3 decision to Williamsport.
Dustin Driver had another good outing for the Lake Monsters. He threw five shutout innings, walking one and striking out two. He has allowed only one run in his last two starts (10 innings).
Lefty Kevin Duchene had a rough outing in relief of Driver. He allowed two runs in the seventh and then left with two runners on in the eighth. Both runners came around to score off reliever James Naile. Naile would allow two additional runs in his roughest outing of his pro career.
Seong-Min Kim hit his fourth homerun of the season and he had two hits. Skye Bolt also had two hits, including a double. Seth Brown had a hit and two walks. He is batting .320/.398/.456 in 27 games for Vermont.